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Oct 3, 2012 5:30pm PDT
years ago, in oxford, mississippi, then senator obama preparing for his first presidential debate against john mccain. both candidates right now, mitt romney and barack obama, no doubt, very nervous. i'm nervous, just looking at that picture. diane? >> okay, jake. i will see you tonight for the big event. and i want to bring in co-anchor of "good morning america" and anchor of "this week," my co-anchor tonight, george stephanopoulos. such a night after this long road. what are these two men thinking right now? >> reporter: probably exactly the same thing. tonight, don't take the other guy's bait. play your game. but there is more pressure on mitt romney tonight. you look at the polls right now, he is behind nationally, probably behind even more in the battlegrounds. he needs a circuit breaker and he probably has to do something that gives people that say right now they're voting for the president, to give him a second look. >> so, give all of us a kind of viewer's guide to what they're prepped to do. what do we watch for tonight? >> reporter: watch for almost every time mitt romne
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Oct 8, 2012 5:30pm PDT
obama's 20%. incumbent presidents wait a minuted off from confrontation and in a bubble for years often stumble as did president ronald reagan in 1984. >> i did avoid, i'm afraid, in my previous answer also. >> reporter: president obama seemed to have initially thought all went well that night. >> this was a terrific debate. >> reporter: but quickly after he left the stage, he talked to aides and realized he had not brought his "a" game. "this is on me," he later told top advisers, and since then, he's been studying the video of that night with the goal of a more energetic and crisp performance. while the obama campaign dismisses it, other top democrats say pressure is now on vice president biden. a win by congressman paul ryan could create a dynamic of energized challengers squaring off against tired incumbents. and, diane, vice president biden is in debate prep holed off in a delaware hotel reading the book that ryan co-authored, "young guns" and practicing some of the attack lines the president did not use. there is more room for vice presidential candidates to use those attack lines
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Oct 2, 2012 5:30pm PDT
on your face. inside you want to fall down. >> reporter: four years ago, michelle obama would get so nervous during the debates she didn't like to watch them. she'll be there tomorrow in the debate hall. we turn to david muir who is there. david? >> reporter: hey, jake. i'll see you right here in the debate hall tomorrow night. tonight, here are some key decisions made moments ago. a coin toss between the campaigns determining that president obama will be introduced first and will have the first question. governor romney will get the final argument. there was even a toss about which of the wives will be introduced first. ann romney will be introduced first. i want to show the debate stage. both podiums. both candidates will stand with one another. that's why the romney team is concentrating on the answers and the body language. where was he earlier today? take a look at the pictures that came in. at chipotle. getting in line with senator rob portman who has been playing president obama in mock debates. taking pictures with some of the workers there. we asked the supporters what they
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Oct 7, 2012 8:00am PDT
to respond to, and today and since then, the obama campaign, they remind me a little bit of a 7-year-old losing a checker game and then instead of being frustrated at the outcome, they sweep the board off the table. the fact is is that if president obama's re-elected, as governor romney pointed out, we'll have continued chronically high unemployment, we're going to have continued massive debt instead of moving toward a balanced budget. we've had this week the fourth trillion dollar deficit under this president, health care premiums are going to continue to rise. up to 20 million americans will lose their employer-based health insurance under obama care, and they'll raise $716 billion from medicare. governor romney has a different approach that would move the country in the right direction and that's what they're frustrated about. >> let's talk about that approach and get to the bottom of this disagreement. governor romney says he will not increase the deficit with his tax cuts. he's saying he will not increase taxes on the middle class, so is he saying that if he cannot come up with
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Oct 3, 2012 11:00am PDT
explain, just >>> tonight the first of three debates takes place between president obama and mitt romney starting at 6:00 right here. brandi hitt has more. >> reporter: the last time president obama and mitt romney met face-to-face was during the 2008 campaign season many tonight, four years later, they meet again in their first presidential debate, it is a critical moment with the race still very close according to the latest poll. >> mitt romney has to show up and be competent and compassionate and connect with the audience. the president is about mannerisms and style. >> reporter: while the candidates go through last minute debate preps, a speech obama gave in 2007 has resurfaced conservative website posted the entire video last night. critics call it racially divisive. he contrasted how families in new orleans were treated by the government after hurricane katrina compared to new york city residents after 911. >> what is happening in new orleans. where is your dollars? where is your money? makes no sense. tells me the bullet hasn't been taken out. [ applause tells me that some
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Oct 2, 2012 4:30am PDT
kerry is playing romney in mr. obama's practice sessions. managing expectations saying last night the president is out of practice. last time he debated was four years ago. according to the latest poll, 56% of americans expect president obama to win the debates. mitt romney told voters yesterday the debates are about more than who comes out on top they are the chance for a month-long conversation with the american people. tahman bradley, abc news, washington. >>> news that abc news will bring live -- coverage of the debate. >>> american airlines is trying to figure out how a row of seats came loose twice, a flight had to turn back i have an row of seats came loose yesterday the same thing over the weekend forcing a boston to miami flight to divert to jfk. >> the seat flipped backwards and so people were essentially on the lap of the passengers behind them with their legs up in the air. >> no one was hurt in either event. the faa is investigating. the trouble comes as pilot are in the midst of a tense contract negotiation with american. "good morning america" will have more on the
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Oct 6, 2012 6:00am PDT
. >> it's going to get better. it's stabilizing. >> he's been selling flowers at union square for 66 years. he's not a supporter of obama but he sees what is happening on the street. >> the worst is over. >> for the president, the new numbers shift the attention away from his lackluster debate performance and on what is the biggest issue in this election. >> more americans entered the workforce and more people are getting jobs. >> he said jobs may be low wage, they may be part-time, but at least they are there. >> it's slowly coming back. it will take a couple more years. >> in presidential elections we have seen it is the direction of the economy that moves voters and there is one more reporting period before election day. the october numbers will be out november 2nd, four days before the election. in the newsroom, mark matthews, abc7 news. >> more than 500 jobs are going to be available at the next abc7 job journal hire event held at the hilton garden inn in emeryville. for more information go to our website under see it on tv. >>> new this morning, president obama and the first lady are
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Oct 7, 2012 5:30pm PDT
rates. that would reduce revenue by nearly $5 trillion over 10 years. he says he would offset that loss by eliminating loopholes and deductions, but he has refused to say which ones leaving him open to attack by team obama. >> mitt romney's solution is he just decided there wasn't math involved in this problem, and that's absolutely crazy. >> reporter: while the president continues that fund-raising swing, mitt romney will deliberate blistering foreign policy speeches attacking the president on middle eastern policy. that is tomorrow. david? >> we'll be watching for that. david kerley on the campaign trail in florida. david, thank you. >>> i want to bring in our senior washington editor rick klein tonight, and, rick, let's take another look at that gallup poll we showed. a tighter race already. we know it's a rolling average and still reflect s voters asked before the debate and still could be on the move and all eyes on the crucial battleground states. in colorado where the debate was held, a university of denver poll showing the president holding on to his lead in colorado, but,
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Oct 5, 2012 4:00am PDT
mitt romney. because the real mitt romney's been running around the country for the last year, promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. >> reporter: obama campaign advisers were even more blunt, accusing romney of being dishonest on the debate stage. but some of the president's supporters and liberal pundits are baffled by what they saw as a passive performance. >> i felt like he should have been more aggressive. >> i don't know what he was doing out there. he had his head down. he was enduring the debate, rather than fighting it. >> reporter: president obama could have new worries today when the monthly job numbers come out. economists predicted the unemployment rate could go from 8.1% to 8.2%. >> critical numbers. tahman bradley live for us. thanks, tahman. >>> and one other campaign note this morning. a film dramatizing the raid that killed osama bin laden will make its debut just two days before the election. the national geographic channel denies there was any political motivation. it says the air date was chosen to kick off the fall season. >>> american
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Oct 6, 2012 5:00am PDT
better. it's stabilizing. >> he's been selling flowers at union square for 66 years. he's not a supporter of obama but he sees what is happening on the street. >> the worst is over. >> for the president, the new numbers shift the attention away from his lackluster debate performance and on what is the biggest issue in this election. >> more people entered the workforce and more people are getting jobs. >> he said jobs may be low wage, they may be part-time, but at least they are there. >> it's slowly coming back. it will take a couple more years. >> in presidential elections we have seen it is the direction of the economy that moves voters and there is one more reporting period before election day. the october numbers will be out november 2nd, four days before the election. in the newsroom, mark matthews, abc7 news. >> more than 500 jobs are going to be available at the next abc7 job journal hire event held at the hilton garden inn in emeryville. for more information go to our website under see it on tv. >>> new this morning, president obama and the first lady are planning to sp
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Oct 5, 2012 1:40am PDT
. >> president obama is a very gifted speaker. the man has been on the national stage for many years. >> i have absolute confidence when we get to thursday morning, george, all of you will be shaking your head saying it's a brand-new race with 33 days to go. >> under the president's policies, middle-income americans have been buried, they're just being crushed. i will not under any circumstances raise taxes on middle-income families. >> now, five weeks before the election, he is saying that his big bold idea is never mind. >> this time he seemed just a little bit detached. didn't want to be there. >> knowing he is behind. he need to win. came in and fought the fight stylistically. i think he put the president on the defensive a number of times. >> the seats flipped backward, and so people were essentially on the laps of the passengers behind them with their legs up in the air. >> i have never seen anything like that in all my years, 30 years of covering the airline industry. >> you say you are optimistic that you and maria will one day be together. how can you find that optimism? >>
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Oct 7, 2012 4:00am PDT
tuned. >> also this morning the unsolved mystery in colorado, the massive search for a 10-year-old who vanished on her way to school and police are contending with a lack of clue, cold weather and the ticking clock. >> it's 30 days until the election day and the obama campaign has just released a staggering fund-raising number, george stephanopoulos is here to talk about who has more momentum heading into this final month before the election. >> 30 days to go as you say and look who is getting the last word on the presidential debate. he found himself in the cross fire and last night, big bird hitting back. he went on "snl." he really is big when you see him next to a human being and he was let's just say diplomatic about the whole thing. we'll tell you what he said coming up. >> but first ginger zee with more on that freeze warning in parts of the country, we're wearing long sleeves. >> i felt it this morning as did so many millions of americans across the nation. lease start with a look at just how cold it is this morning. it's not just freeze warnings, but it's freeze watches, frost
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Oct 3, 2012 4:30am PDT
out on the campaign trail. tonight we see round one of the debates. >> we can't afford four more years of the last four years. >> reporter: after weeks of attacks on the campaign trail. >> the president: we don't get far when we have leaders who write-off half the nation as victims. >> reporter: president obama and mitt romney will face off in their first presidential debate tonight. >> governor romney and president obama will meet behind me. >> reporter: what happens on this stage could be pivotal with only five weeks until election day. the first debate will focus on the economy and domestic policy. both took a break tuesday, with mitt romney grabbing a bite to eat in denver, president obama visited the hoover dam for the first time. >> the president: it is spectacular. >> reporter: both relied heavily on their running mates to lead their campaign. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that has been buried the last four years. >> reporter: it didn't take long for republican vice presidential hopeful ryan to pounce on that comment. >> vice president biden just toda
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Oct 4, 2012 4:00am PDT
accountable for the obama record. we haven't seen that too much in this campaign. there's been so many personal attacks. so many back and forth. he was able to say, look, this is what you promised four years ago. where is the gap here? most importantly, he's able to say, this is the choice i'm offering. and he was able to control this debate. >> did you think that romney will see a bounce coming out of this, the way that obama had a bounce coming out of the convention, in charlotte, with bill clinton's famous speech? >> he is looking for a comeback moment. what happens next is going to be important. he's going to be giving a speech on foreign policy. he'll be asked about this in interviews in the coming days. if he can build on this, yes. he will start to close the gap. the romney campaign, just happened just at the right moment for them to capitalize on something. knowing you have five weeks left. there's a couple of turns left. >> the next presidential debate, tuesday, october 16th. >> thanks, rick. >> thank you, guys. >>> again, we extend our thanks to rick klein for that. we'll hav
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Oct 2, 2012 5:00am PDT
research. another landmark, the white house. president obama marked the start of october national breast cancer awareness month by encouraging americans to join in activities dedicated to raising awareness of the disease. a quarter of a million women were diagnosed last year. >>> in san diego a crime-fighting group going door-to-door warning people about a new threat and doing it in costume. this man calls himself mr. extreme of the extreme justice league. he knocks on doors in the city heights neighborhood handing out flyers and telling people police are looking for a double murder suspect. >> i think that is great they are trying to help out the community nobody else cares. nobody else walking around with costumes on trying to fight crime. like superman, spider-man. >> city officials don't mind the extra help they say the state has burdened them by releasing parolees from prison and sending them to live in their city. >> researchers at university of pennsylvania have done a study on bald men and they found there is an upside to hair loss. bald men appear and more powerful than others.
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Oct 5, 2012 5:00am PDT
. >>> new film about the raid and killing of bin laden last year dramatic movie seal team 6, will air sunday november 4, two days before the presidential election on national geographic channel distributed by harvey weinstein's company he is a prominent fundraiser for president obama's reelection. the channel says the air date is not related to politics. >>> another note, mitt romney's wife ann has been booked as a guest host on "good morning america" next week she will fill in for robin. the appearance set for wednesday october 10th. abc news is in discussions with the first lady for a similar guest appearance when her schedule allows. >>> mike is off today. meteorologist lisa argen bringing cool weather and morning fog. >>> that's right. i think today out of the next three will be the cloudiest and the foggiest otherwise marine layer mixes out in time for all the events around the bay. right now the sun up, 7:09, sets at 6:46. we are looking at plenty of grey as you head out this morning. temperatures have cooled off for valleys over the north bay, live doppler you can see that solid mass
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Oct 6, 2012 8:00am PDT
improving. >> it's stabilizing. >> reporter: he has been selling flowers on union square for 66 years. he is not a president obama but he does see what is happening on the street. >> the worst is over. >> for the president the new numbers shifted attention from the lackluster debate performance and on to a bit of positive news. >> more americans entered the work force. more people are getting jobs. >> reporter: outside dan, jobs may be low wage and part time, but at least they are there. >> it slowly is coming back. it will take a couple more years. >> in palo alto elections it's the direction of the economy that moves voters. there is one more reporting period before election day, the october numbers will be out november 2nd, four days before the election. >>> we're talking about jobs here. more than 500 jobs will be available at the next jobs hire event. at the hilton garden inn in emeryville noon on wednesday. for more information go to abc7news.com. >>> new this morning, president obama and the first lady are planning to spend today celebrating the 20th wedding anniversary. he put
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Oct 8, 2012 11:00pm PDT
got an election to win. >>reporter: this is mr. obama sixth fundraising from i hope to san francisco this year. i arrived at sfo before 2:00 p.m. . then headed straight to the intercontinental hotel where 25 people paid 40,000 dollars each for a meet and greet with the president. those who didn't want to fork out that kind of cash made their way to the bill gram civic auditorium for one of 2 events. 20,000 dollar per plate dinner and 200 dollar per person rally. people say because of the president lack luster debit performance last week, the support and money are needed now more than ever. >> after the debate i thought if romney got elected and i hadn't done everything i could to help i would never for give myself. >>reporter: that's why you are hear day. yes. definitely a wick up call. i would like to think that his performance awas somewhat intentional to remind people this is important. can't take anything for grante granted. >>reporter: the president is counting on his supporters to step up lick they did 4 years ago. not much time left. election is only 29 days away. >> we are no
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Oct 8, 2012 4:30am PDT
live report. >>> the first nobel pooh -- nobel prize of the year are being announced this morning. the committee says two research remembers have revolutionized the understanding of how cells and organisms develop. the committee will be announcing other awards throughout the week. >>> president obama is coming to the bay area today to make a lash dash for campaign cash before the november election. signs are springing up outside the hotel in san francisco where he has an event late afternoon. then the civic auditorium for fundraising concert and rally headlined by john legend. before the concert, $20,000 per person dinner prepared by celebrity chefs. attended by 49ers quarterback smith. >>> last night the president spoke to thousands at the nokia theater in los angeles after performances by entertainers. he marvels how they perform flawlessly, night after night but cannot say the same for himself. tahman bradley will have more on the latest poll coming up in 12 minutes. >>> fleet week wraps up today with tours of ships from the u.s. navy, coast guard and royal canadian navy. they
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Oct 2, 2012 4:00am PDT
in president obama's practice sessions. the campaign is managing expectations, saying last night, the president is out of practice. the last time he debated was four years ago. and, rob and paula, according to the latest abc news/"washington post" poll, 56% of americans expect president obama to win the debates. mitt romney told voters yesterday, that the debates are about more than who comes out on top. they are the chance for a month-long conversation with the american people. >> managing expectations, as always. tahman bradley, live in washington for us. thanks, tahman. >>> and abc news coverage of the debate begins tomorrow night at 9:00 eastern, 6:00 pacific. keep right here on abc. >>> and there is word this morning of a series of secret meetings at the white house. focusing on the threat from al qaeda in north africa. "the washington post" says the meetings came before the 9/11 attacks on u.s. compounds in libya. during the discussions, the possibility of unilateral strikes against al qaeda targets in that region were reportedly considered for the very first time. >>> and
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Oct 1, 2012 4:00pm PDT
democrat barack obama in polls first debate in two days and there is a report could change for better or worse. >> this campaign going on nearly two years and it's debate season for the nominees. the time when americans seem to start paying attention. president obama reversing with senator john carey. and both have challenges and check lists. there is president obama working on shorter answers. democrats say he needs to look strong and forceful not appearing irritated or -- impatient. >> they're trying to get him into the mode of being able to answer questions so it's more of his mannerisms and style z way it comes across. >> and mitt romney has to seem relatable after his comments and how can you do that? and connect with voters? >> there are all three of the things he suffered so on those three c's he's got do well. >> there is romney heading to colorado to continue prep. last night he tried to lower expectations a bit. >> there governor romney is a good debateor, i'm just okay. >> americans found 56% expect the president to win the debate. >> and lowered expectations could be good for
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Oct 4, 2012 12:00am PDT
president obama. >> jimmy: he did. how -- >> we worked with mr. romney for many years. >> jimmy: i didn't know. what have you been doing for him for many years? >> we write his jokes and we make his dockers. >> jimmy: you make his dockers? oh, yeah, they are -- they are dockers. all right. [ laughter ] it's okay if he sits down now. i got it. i didn't know any of that. so, can you share some of the zingers that didn't make it into tonight's debate? >> oh, most certainly. we will get our king of zing to deliver them. roger! >> jimmy: great, yeah, get him. >> roger! roger -- jimmy kimmel. >> oh, jimmy. >> jimmy: oh, wow, look at that. very realistic. >> we make mr. romney masks. >> jimmy: oh, you do. they look very good. >> knock, knock. >> jimmy: ah, who's there? >> kenya. >> jimmy: kenya who? >> can you believe that obama was born in america? we cannot! >> jimmy: all right, that's -- that's cute, that's cute. do you have another one? >> how many president obamas does it take to change a lightbulb? >> jimmy: i don't know. >> zero. they're all in the dark and it will change by itself
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00am PDT
working anniversary for president obama and the first lady. how the first couple plans on celebrating 20 years of marriage, since there's a presidential debate tonight. Ñ/&q >>> good morning. the embarcadero no more record heat for the bay area today still hot until the sea breezes kick in. meteorologist mike nicco has the timeline coming up. >>> new morning from the vatican, a man has scaled the dome of st. peters basilica. new video into the newsroom overnight. vatican police say the man scaled the 42 foot high dome to protest italian government and european union policies. he's holding a banner reading: help, enough monte. that refers to the premier. >>> for the fourth year in a row the number of babies born in the u.s. has fallen. new numbers show fewer than four million babies were born in again 11, lowest since 1998, and 1% decline from 2010. experts say it is proof of the weak economy forcing some couples to put off having children. >>> number of teens who drink and drive continues to go down. cdc says 9 out of 10 are not drinking and driving. teen dui's down 54% since 1991. t
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Sep 30, 2012 5:30pm PDT
script. they're trying to lower expectations. >> look, president obama is a very -- he's a very gifted speaker. the man has been on the national stage for many years. this is mitt's first time on this kind of a stage. >> reporter: paul ryan, the vice presidential nominee, who is preparing for his own debate, again avoided giving details of the romney tax plan, even when pressed. >> you haven't given me the math. >> i don't have the -- it would take me too long to go through all of the math. >> reporter: the president is in nevada tonight for what insiders call three days of debate camp at a resort outside of las vegas. they too are trying to lower expectations and believe accounts that the romney campaign is convinced debates are about moments. >> the idea that i'm anti-immigrant is repulsive. >> reporter: and romney will come armed with several one-liners. >> clearly they've been practicing these zingers and lines for months, so i'm sure they'll have a bunch of clever line, but that's ultimately not what the american people are looking for. >> reporter: the president is being coached
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Oct 5, 2012 11:00am PDT
presidential campaign. jobless rate is the lowest since president obama took office. karen travers is in washington with the impact. >> reporter: could this be a game-changer in the presidential race? for the first time in nearly four years the unemployment rate fell below 8%. unlike previous months when the rate dropped because people gave up looking for work. this was due to substantial increase in employment. >> most folks are going to work, they believe enough in this economy to seek or get jobs that's really significant. >> reporter: the nation added 114,000 jobs in september, modest number about what economists were expecting. the government reported upward revision for july and august. 86,000 jobs added over those two months. after president obama's weak debate performance wednesday, democrats are hoping this positive economic news can be a potential boost. >> the president: today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy to score a few political points. it is a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. >> reporter: mitt romney responded
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Oct 9, 2012 6:00am PDT
berkeley graduate among this year's nobel prize winners. research leading to the prize. >>> sentencing day for jerry sandusky. the new statement the former penn state football coach just released. >> reporter: president obama is in town, again. he always manages to attract a crowd. this time some say they turned out because of his debate performance. i'll explain, coming up. >>> good morning i'm sue hall tracking your tuesday morning commute. live look at bay bridge metering lights on commute lanes getting by carpool lanes breezing through as are fastrak. update on san bruno situation with late roadwork picked up >>> good morning. tuesday october 9th. we are starting off with a few clouds, somewhere there's a little rain it may break up before it gets to us, you may not see it. good morning i'm eric thomas. >>> and i'm kristen sze. rain won't be a problem but weather delays could be an issue. >>> 70 minute flight arrival delays into sfo. good morning. showers still off the coast lingering falling apart before they make it to the coast this batch has a good chance making
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Oct 8, 2012 2:00am PDT
as san francisco prepares to host the america's cup next year. some more on the other big events that took place in san francisco as the abc7 news at 11 continues. and the stars come out for president obama in los angeles. what's ahead for him this week in the bay area. and new details about the meningitis scare and why one company that could be behind the problem is now pulling all of its products off the shelves. and the space resupply mission to the international spacestation and how you can >>> president obama was on a fundraising swing in california. tomorrow they will be in san francisco. no stoping signs are springing up outside the inter continental hotel and the bill graham civic auditorium. the president will host the event in the hotel at 4:00 and move to the auditorium at 5:00 for a fundraising concert. with a month to go until the election there is no rest for either candidate. karen travers has the latest on the campaign trail. >> california is safely in president obama's corner, but he is not there looking for votes. he is raising campaign cash, a lot of it. >> are
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Oct 2, 2012 1:40am PDT
big opportunity. this presidential campaign has been going on for nearly two years and finally it's debate season for the nominees. the time when americans seem to really start paying attention. president obama's rehearsing with senator john kerry and mitt romney is squaring off against senator rob portman. both candidates have challenges and checklists. president obama's working on shorter answers, trying to avoid sounding like the professor he was before the white house. democrats say he needs to look strong and forceful and not appear irritated or impatient. >> they're trying to get him into the mode of being able to answer questions, short, concisely, and to the point, and so it's much more like his mannerisms and his style and the way he comes across as opposed to information in this. >> reporter: and mitt romney? he has to seem relatable, especially after his 47% comment. how can he do that? show compassion? show he's competent and connect with the voters? >> on those three cs that's where he really has got to do well. >> reporter: romney arrived in colorado to continue his de
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Oct 3, 2012 11:35pm PDT
crushed. >> reporter: but this year, mitt romney wrapped up a gift for barack obama. >> 47% of people who will vote for the president no matter what. >> reporter: a clanger behind closed doors at a fund-raiser, where he seemed to write off half the electorate at moochers and cheaters. that's put romney on the defensive right when he was hoping to close the deal. >> this is a campaign about the 100%. >> reporter: campaigns always have slogans and statistics. >> the 53% or the 47%. >> reporter: but this year, instead of hope or change or even experience, it's a math lesson. >> 1% of the 99%. >> reporter: the statistics are the slogan. >> do you want four more years with unemployment above 8%? >> reporter: both candidates are playing the percentages. >> i think everybody tries to get their points made in quick, easy, short, memorable sound bites and percentages help do that. >> reporter: challenger trying to paint the incumbent as mr. 8.2%. >> people are trapped in a bad economy. >> reporter: the incumbent, trying to paint the challenger as mr. 47%. >> i'm barack obama, and i approve thi
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Oct 3, 2012 1:40am PDT
. president obama has called the family of 30-year-old border patrol agent nicholas ivy who was killed early yesterday. >> mr. obama promised that ivy's family that those responsible will be found. abc's cecilia vega reports from southern, arizona. >> reporter: it is remote, dangerous, and deadly, and it was here on this dusty stretch of land where arizona meets mexico that three border patrol agents were fired on. one made it out safely. another was shot twice and expected to recover. but the third agent, 30-year-old nicholas ivy, was shot dead. >> we suspect that this is probably some type of narcotics trafficking event. that these agents encountered. but at this time, that would be speculative. >> reporter: the three agents headed to a spot just three miles north of the border. as they headed up a desert hill, someone fired right at them in what is being described as an ambush. the agents work in the naco, arizona, station, named two weeks ago for brian terry, the last border patrol agent fatly shot on duty. his 2010 death from a firearm sold through the notorious fast and furious o
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00pm PDT
economic crisis at the kitchen table and spend his energy and passion for two years fighting for obama care instead of fighting for jobs for the american people. it has killed jobs. and the best course for health care is to do what we did in my state. craft a plan at the state level that fits the needs of the state and then let's focus on getting the costs down for people, rather than raising it with the $2,500 additional premium. >> mr. president, the argument against repeal. >> well, four years ago, when i was running for office, i was traveling around and having those same conversations that governor romney talks about. and it wasn't just that small businesses were seeing costs skyrocket, they couldn't get affordable coverage even if they wanted to provide it to their employees. it wasn't that this was just the biggest driver of our federal deficit, but it was families who were worried about going bankrupt if they got sick. millions of families, all across the country. they had a pre-existing condition. they might not be able to get coverage at all. if they did have coverage, insura
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Oct 3, 2012 7:00am PDT
first debate, the new release of a five year old obama speech. >> folks are frustrated. >> what's behind it? and will the speech make any difference tonight? >>> bully backlash on the news. the local anchor woman who became the headline when she took on the man who complained about her weight, head-on. >> you know nothing about me but what you see on the outside. and i am much more than a number on a scale. >> why she went public with the hurtful viewer e-mail. and her message for everyone this morning. ♪ put me in, coach i'm ready to play ♪ >>> back in the game. the major league baseball player who took a fastball to the head his first time at bat seven years ago. his fans campaigning for one more shot at glory. and we'll show you what happened at home plate. ♪ well i spent some time in the mudville nine ♪ >>> love having that music coming in. good morning, america. robin recovering from her bone marrow transplant, watching us this morning. lara is off. great to have elizabeth vargas. boy, that was some night in miami. >> whoa. >> it sure was. he had been, adam greenberg,
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Oct 3, 2012 5:00pm PDT
report reveals how president obama would have handled the september 11th mastermind had he survived the raid last year. the author said the president wanted to put bin laden on trial z says however that did he not expect him to go down without a fight. that book is due out in a couple weeks october 16th. >> still to come there is also, facebook rolls out a new way to give your posting better visibility. but this will cost you. >> the famous local aviateo who rode shotgun today, lucky guy. >>> national aviation hero is helping kick off fleet week. it's touching down after a ride along with blue angels today there is a jet landed in the nork hudson river. captain suly says it's been 32 years since he was in a fighter jet. is six times the normal force of gravity. suddenly, the high onset rate. >> and there is also shared with members of the young eagles program were on hand. >> and there is face book making it years to promote your garage sale or engagement. starting today there is a new feature allowing to you buy what is called a promoted post. and there is increasing the likelihood
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Oct 3, 2012 4:00am PDT
hours away. as a video surfaces overnight, forcing both sides to weigh in. it's all about 5-year-old comments made by candidate obama that some are calling racially divisive. but is it as damaging as romney's video about the 47%? >>> and potential progress for american airlines and its pilots, as the airline rushes to explain why seats have come loose. >>> also this morning, firing back. the small town tv anchor woman, now launching a national debate on weight and bullying, after a viewer attacked her for being fat. >>> and last dance. cut throat composition on the dance floor. but one all-star fails to find his hollywood ending. >>> good wednesday morning, everybody. we begin with that newly-released video, getting lots of attention before tonight's first presidential debate. >> it was released overnight by a conservative website. the speech was given to a largely african-american audience back in 2007, when mr. obama was still a senator. critics say the president was divisively pandering to the crowd, saying that the fog did not do enough to help residents of new orleans after hurr
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Oct 4, 2012 1:40am PDT
president obama hoped to put osama bin laden on trial if he add surrendered in last year's raid by u.s. navy s.e.a.l.s. the book quotes mr. obama as saying he thought he would be in a strong enough position politically after bin laden's capture that a criminal trial would have been possible here in the u.s. it also says the president expected bin laden to go down fighting in the raid. the book is called "the finish" and it's being published in two weeks. >>> and nearly a dozen people in new york are facing charges this morning in a case of international espionage. they are all accused of illegally shipping cutting-edge military technology from houston and sending it to russia through jfk airport. it's believed the computer components ended up in a russian radar and surveillance equipment, even in russian fighter jets as well. >>> health experts are trying to pinpoint the source of an meningitis outbreak which left four dead and dozens ill. all of the victims received steroid injections before becoming ill. 18 of the cases were at a national clinic. public health investigators say this
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Oct 8, 2012 4:00am PDT
cut tax rates that would reduce revenue by $5 trillion over ten years. romney has refused to say which one, leaving him open to attack. >> today, mitt romney will launch an attack of his own, delivering a foreign policy speech slamming president obama's middle east policy. rock and paula. >> all right, tahman bradley, live in washington this monday morning. thank you, tahman. >>> and of course, the main event this week is thursday's vice presidential debate, abc's live coverage begins at 9:00 eastern, 6:00 pacific. >>> and politics overseas now, it is another victory for venezuela venezuelian president hugo chavez. chavez although is battling cancer received 54% of the vote, leaving his supporters to celebrate right there in the streets. voter turnout was more than 80%. that's the highest in decades and the election was largely peaceful. >>> the origin of a drone that crossed into israeli territory over the weekend is mystery this morning. israeli military shot down the unmanned aircraft in a remote area to avoid civilian casualties. now israeli officials don't believe it took of
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Oct 9, 2012 1:05am PDT
is mr. obama sixth fundraising from i hope to san francisco this year. i arrived at sfo before 2:00 p.m. . then headed straight to the intercontinental hotel where 25 people paid 40,000 dollars each for a meet and greet with the president. those who didn't want to fork out that kind of cash made their way to the bill gram civic auditorium for one of 2 events. 20,000 dollar per plate dinner and 200 dollar per person rally. people say because of the president lack luster debit performance last week, the support and money are needed now more than ever. >> after the debate i thought if romney got elected and i hadn't done everything i could to help i would never for give myself. >>reporter: that's why you are hear day. yes. definitely a wick up call. i would like to think that his performance awas somewhat intentional to remind people this is important. can't take anything for grante granted. >>reporter: the president is counting on his supporters to step up lick they did 4 years ago. not much time left. election is only 29 days away. >> we are not going back. we are moving forward. tha
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Oct 3, 2012 4:00pm PDT
been taken out. tells me somehow the people down in new orleans don't care about as much. >> the obama campaign was quick to fire back this morning. fox news reported on it five years ago. it's a silly and desperate attempt by republicans to try to get us away from talking about real issues. >> the debate will focus on domestic issues and the economy will be front and center, 50 people people are expected to watch. >> and you can watch the debate right here tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. there is warm weather still with us. >> now, the accuweather update. >> the cool down has begun. there is some upper 80s and low 90s it's still 61 m n.half moon bay. there is fog return together coast flowing forcefully throughout the golden gate and temperatures have dropped sharply. san francisco has a temperature right now of 24 degrees lower than the reading at this hour yesterday. it's 13 degrees cooler now in redwood city than yesterday. 19 degrees cooler in oakland. and just single digits cooler inland east bay locations z there is a look at the forecast. temperatures ranging from mid-50s upper
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Oct 1, 2012 3:00am PDT
obama's a very gifted -- he's a very gifted speaker. the man's been on the national stage for many years. this is mitt's first time on on this kind a stage. >> but he's got to relax, show a little sense of humor. he's got to show why he's likeable. >> wednesday evening's debate at university of denver will focus on domestic issues. >> yes. >> that ought to be very interesting. >> jobs, economy, health care, et cetera. >> and they'll have a suitcase full of zingers prepared to just hurl back and forth at each other. >> i thought that it was interesting, the expectations. people expect president obama by 2-1 to win the election. that's not necessarily who they're endorsing. whereas if you look at just a year ago, by an 18-point margin, people thought the president would lose. just in a matter of one year. >> they expect him to win the debate convincingly as well. we'll see what happens. when it comes to the race, it's much close when it comes to the race. shows the mitt romney at 49 losing to obama with 47. much closer in that regard. >> so the first one wednesday. then we have two m
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Oct 3, 2012 12:00am PDT
," not both of them. you have to figure she'll vote for obama. she might be the only person in america who is better off now than she was four years ago. a funny romney related item on his msnbc show, al sharpton talking about a photo on facebook, romney visiting a chipotle store. hard to tell. >> the conversation is going around the clock. today our facebook family cheered voter i.d. decision in pennsylvania. this photo of romney getting lunch at chipote in colorado was the other big photo. >> who took the air out of al sharpton? who took the air out of him. he needs to eat a little chipotle. anti-mitt romney ad that stars his real life garbageman, richard hayes, he goes to the house in la jolla. >> i'm richard hayes and pick up mitt romney's trash. we're called the invisible people. he doesn't realize the service we provide. if it wasn't for us it would be a big health issue, us not picking up trash. rest seidents come out and shakr hands, give us hugs, thank us, water and gatorade. tells us we're doing a good job. >> jimmy: who hugs their garbage man? who are these debt whos
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Oct 4, 2012 1:05am PDT
rush? be happy. be healthy. >>> i have been in business for 25 years. i have no idea what you are talking about. >> five weeks before the election, he is saying his big, bold idea is never mind. >> president obama and mitt romney duke it out over the economy in the first debate of three. good evening. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm carolyn johnson. a particularly strong showing from mitt romney tonight on key topics ranging from the economy to health care. >> abc7 news political reporter mark matthews is here with a look at this first big match up. >> no knockout punches tonight, nothing we will see over and over again on television, but mitt romney did what he needed to do. mitt romney ran to the middle saying lowering the tax rates for wealthy americans would not lower the amount of taxes they pay. >> my view is we should provide tax relief to those in the middle class. but i am not going to reduce the share of taxes paid by high income people. >> romney said he would close tax loopholes and limit the de tucks -- deductions to the risk. >> it is knot possible to come up with enough
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Oct 2, 2012 6:00am PDT
buckingham palace took part. president obama issued a proclamation to encourage all americans to join in activities to raise breast cancer awareness. 200,000 women are expected to be diagnosed this year with the disease. >>> 6:25. still ahead, the a's going to the playoffs. look at the champagne shower in the locker room after the team secured the wild card spot reaction from the players. >>> capping out late last night not for concert tickets or the new iphone. eager voters braving the cold in a key swing state. >> reporter: i'm terry mcsweeney live at albany middle school. grief counselors will be students to help them sort through the death of a a teacher. i'll have the story coming up. >>> good morning. going to be another scorcher, dress appropriately. 70s along the coast, a few 80s there 80s, 90s bay, 90s 100s dangerous inland. fall across most of the country, 60s and 70s rockies. flight departure delays out of baltimore, charlotte and atlanta wall of water heading towards the northeast going to be definite delays there. here at home everything is running well. flight tracker abc7n
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Oct 7, 2012 11:00pm PDT
finale as san francisco prepares to host the america's cup next year. some more on the other big events that took place in san francisco as the abc7 news at 11 continues. and the stars come out for president obama in los angeles. what's ahead for him this week in the bay area. and new details about the meningitis scare and why one company that could be behind the problem is now pulling all of its products off the shelves. and the space resupply mission to the international spacestation and how you can catch a >>> president obama was on a fundraising swing in california. tomorrow they will be in san francisco. no stoping signs are springing up outside the inter continental hotel and the bill graham civic auditorium. the president will host the event in the hotel at 4:00 and move to the auditorium at 5:00 for a fundraising concert. with a month to go until the election there is no rest for either candidate. karen travers has the latest on the campaign trail. >> california is safely in president obama's corner, but he is not there looking for votes. he is raising campaign cash, a lo
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Oct 4, 2012 5:00am PDT
back on the campaign trail for mitt romney and president obama this morning after last night's first presidential debate in denver. a strong showing from romney who went on the offensive criticizing the president's spending record. >> you've been president for four years you said would you cut the deficit in half, we still have trillion dollar deficit. if you are reelected we'll get to a trillion dollar debt. >> romney actaed the president's handling of the economy saying mr. obama spent most of his energy pushing through sweeping overhaul of health care instead of focusing on job creation. >> the president: at some point, i think the american people have to ask is the reason that governor romney is keeping all these plans to replace secret, balls they are too good? is it because that some -- because they are too good? is it because that somehow middle class families will benefit too much? >> pundits are saying romney's aggressive performance last night was what he needed to do to generate much needed momentum for his campaign. >> bay area voters tuned in to watch and react. >> romne
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Oct 7, 2012 9:00am PDT
tally. president obama took the day off. they were planning to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. the marital milestone fell on wednesday, october 3rd, but reoccupied. >> i just want to wish, sweetie, you happy anniversary and a year from now we will not be celebrating it in front of 40 million people. >> this week it's the running mates turn in the pressure cooker. the vice presidential debate is set for thursday night. >> there will be a fireworks. you have a policy wonk in ryan, and you have joe biden who is sort of everyone's uncle, for better or worse. abc news, washington. >> president obama will be in the bay area this week for another fundraiser. he will be taking part in a concert and rally tomorrow at san francisco's bill graham's civic auditorium. tickets start at $100 and go as high as $7,500. the two presidential campaigns hit the morning talk shows." most analysts believe in the debates romney scored a victory over the president. here's george stephanopoulos this morning. >> i think the president understood that he had been performed up to his own expect
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Oct 2, 2012 7:00am PDT
crucial debate. meantime, they are unleashing new attack ads. the obama campaign claiming romney profited from sweat shops in china. >>> meanwhile, a judge in pennsylvania has just postponed a law requiring voters to show photo i.d. the judge ordered it for next year art presidential election. >>> and a philadelphia police lieutenant under investigation after punching a woman in the face. the video you see here from the puerto rican day parade reportedly shows a lieutenant struck so hard that she claims she threw beer at them. we're heal more about this. >>> finally, what every folicly fellow is out there waiting to hear. i should recuse myself, in fact. a new study finds that the less pursuit folks such as bruce willis not only appear tougher and more powerful than other men, they're also seen as taller and better leaders. >> and cuter. >> and while guys like patrick stewart are masculine enough at least take on the cable company pass we recently reported, the study did find that guys with full hair are still found more attractive. >> and we have to see a picture of your husband. >> i kn
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